AFRICA: The Dark Continent's Royal Remnants

The rulers of Black Africa today are mostly men stamped in Western molds: Presidents, Prime Ministers and generals lead their nations along European lines, mindful less of cultural tradition than of economic progress. Most of the continent's ancient kingdoms have long since vanished, swept away by Europe an colonizers. Nonetheless, a few tribal kings remain in power in both West and Southern Africa (see color pages). In their hands is the survival of much of the Dark Continent's unique heritage.

By and large, the kings have little power at the national level, but...

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